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Friday, November 20, 2009

Rehab



I remember when Amy Winehouse released Rehab. I'd sing along to this song in the wee hours of the morning after nursing my son. I found it difficult to get back to sleep after our nursing sessions and VH1 provided me with a great musical soundtrack to relax to. This version of Rehab is Amy singing along with an acoustic guitar for accompaniment. Her voice is a musical instrument and the pure, unadultarated beauty of her unique sound is undeniable.

I believe this song leveraged Amy's career because it is so raw, real and the simple truth. Even without knowing her story, it is clear that she truly has battled with addiction. And the emotions behind the words are what draws us all in.

Like Amy, I have an addiction. Thankfully it is not to illegal substances, or even alcohol, but I am addicted to food. Food and I have a funny relationship, I know the right foods to eat and am aware that I need exercise. At the beginning of the year I led the Modern Mom Challenge and not long after I participated in the EA SPORTS Active Challenge. I experienced good results but am not where I want to be.

Emotional eating that includes ice cream, cookies, and sweets keep me from passing the ten pound threshold. However, I am refusing to make any more excuses. No one is forcing me to go into rehab but I have decided to focus on my health. There are far too many things that I can prevent with exercise and good eating habits. I am not living for myself anymore, I have a family to consider.

So, today I started the EA SPORTS Active More Workouts 6 week Challenge. Once again I am joining ten other bloggers on this journey to fitness and weight loss. I have already been motivated and inspired by many of them and love having a support system during my journey. In addition to fitness, I will also change my eating and will be partnering with Jenny Craig to make that happen. Along the way I'll let you know how I am doing in my own "rehab" I think that when the New Year rolls around I may surprise you..........

10 comments:

Kimberly/Mom in the City said...

Good for you! I know that you will do great!

bookieboo said...

Me and sugar go way back. I still have problems keeping away from it. Check out some Weight Watchers cookbooks. You will thank me.

Ten pounds, huh? You work your butt off and you might just hit that goal by the end of the 6 week mark. If you lose 2 lbs. per week, you will be at 12 by end of week 6, but it's better to give yourself a cushion and not go overboard.

I think this is cool. I'm excited to watch your progression! :)

Angie said...

You go girl!

Boston Mamas said...

Rock it girl! You can do it! I highly recommend trying fruit or yogurt for a "dessert" snack. And at night, one of my best ways to stave off late night snacking is to brush/floss/flouride after dinner. I find multi-phase oral hygiene so tiresome that it will keep me from grazing because I don't want to have to do it again! xo Christine

Execumama said...

Hey, Hot Mama! You've gotten great results before, and I can say that because I've been seeing you live and direct in person—and I know you will continue to progress with even better results as you go! You are so insistent on getting to where you want to be, that it's only a matter of time until you get there!!

Thanks for being so honest (and inspiring and hilarious) with your journey, Renee! It can be such a constant "battle" between us and food/exercise, but consistency is key, and you're well on your way to that space where "the place you want to be" becomes less of a challenge and more of a way of life

Al_Pal said...

Best wishes and I hope you have fun with it! ;D

mannequin said...

You've never failed when you keep on your journey. The holidays are such a difficult time for diet adherence. Of course, we all know YOU can do it.

T.Allen-Mercado said...

I admire your tenacity and honesty, I'm cheering you on!

Ms. Bar B: said...

Good luck!

blueviolet said...

I love that you're willing to do this during the holidays! You're actually really smart for doing that. Good luck!

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